Water damage...keyboard, buttons not working, can I replace keyboard?
Hey, so I was using my BB 8320 last night in the rain, and the keyboard crapped out. I didn't realize these things were so sensitive to water. The trackball still works for scrolling functions, but the 'push' function, keyboard, all the other buttons aren't working. The phone has no warranty, was bought unlocked, no coverage, so don't recommend that I return it anywhere or try to have it fixed.
What I'm wondering is if I can take it apart, replace the keyboard with a new one from a 'donor' and expect it to work, or does the water issue go deeper with those stupid sensors on the phone? It didn't get soaked or anything; the front got a little damp from some rather heavy rain.
- 02-24-09, 07:14 PM #3
cnn.cn, you can order new parts.
No one could really tell you what was damaged from the water. It could have damaged a part that replacing the keyboard would do nothing to fix. The keyboards are pretty cheap though.
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02-24-09, 07:34 PM #6
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It wouldn't hurt to take the battery out and check the water sensor stickers and make sure that it wasn't just the keyboard that was affected by the rain. Sometimes inside water damage can take a while to show up. Better safe than sorry I would think.
Glad to hear you found a new housing so quickly. Welcome to Crackberry!
- 02-24-09, 07:35 PM #7
I would take the battery out and drop it in a bag of rice for a day or two to see if it helps. Usually this is done right after exposure to water and it helps some folks. I am not sure what it would do in your case but it wont hurt. Your up and running so......
anything to help get the extra moisture out.
- CrackBerry Abuser
02-24-09, 10:14 PM #11
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I have reported this before but this happened with my Pearl and a local repair shop cleaned it with some sort of chemical and brought it back to life. You could ask around and see if anyone in your town offers this, it only cost $20 to have done. I tried the rice trick for 3 days before that to no avail.
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- 06-08-10, 12:18 PM #12
I have a beer damaged Blackberry. Screen works fine. Keyboard and all buttons do not. Scroll ball did work at one point (not pushing down though) but now that's stopped.
Did you have any luck with replacing the keyboard? I tried the rice and even as someone else suggested in the oven @ ~150 degrees for a couple minutes. No luck on the keyboards.
Wondering if I should try rinsing it in distilled water as someone said to flush out any of the contaminants.